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West Virginia loses backup center for the 2017 season to an ACL injury

The Mountaineers took a hit to the depth chart yesterday due to the pesky injury bug

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Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun Throwdown, your one stop shop for the latest WVU news and information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions.

The Injury Bug Rears Its Ugly Head:
Stop me if you’ve heard this one; West Virginia took a hit to the depth chart yesterday when redshirt freshman offensive lineman Jacob Buccigrossi suffered a torn ACL. Buccigrossi was penciled in as the second string center, and is doubtful to see any action in the 2017 season as he recovers.

Let’s just hope this will be the only ACL casualty of the 2017 off season.

Justin Crawford, Media Darling:
West Virginia made senior running back Justin Crawford available to the media for the first time yesterday, and the beat writers have apparently fallen in love. We heard about Crawford working at the Taco Bell in Evansdale last season, until the Mountaineer coaching staff caught wind of it, but now we have a better look into what motivates the 2016 Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year.

I’ll just link the articles spotlighting Crawford, because there’s so many:
Crawford meets with media for first time at WVU | The Exponent Telegram
WVU’s Justin Crawford a man after state’s heart | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Focused Justin Crawford Has A Lot To Play For | WVU Athletics

Quick Hits:
WVU football notebook: Law school hill sidelined for now | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Construction on the west side of Milan Puskar Stadium is underway to complete the renovations that began last year with expansion on the east side. The project means law school hill, the fabled slope adjacent to the ongoing work players are made to ascend as part of offseason conditioning, is temporarily out of commission.

Sills has “clear mind” at wide receiver | The Daily Athenaeum
As El Camino College’s football season ended last November, WVU wide receivers coach Tyron Carrier received a text message. It was from former WVU wide receiver Daikiel Shorts. The message was short and simple, “David (Sills) wants to play receiver.”

Swing...And A Miss:
West Virginia came in as a runner up in the competition for the services of Kentucky Wildcats graduate transfer Jeff Badet. The wide receiver picked Oklahoma yesterday, for whatever reason. The Mountaineers will have a chance to make Badet second guess his decision in the regular season finale this year, when they take on the Sooners in Norman.

Quick Hits:
How Alabama's new offense can be both 'ball-control' and devastating | SB Nation
New offensive coordinator Brian Daboll could mix college and pro tactics to make life miserable for SEC defenses.

Dino Babers is here to ‘strike fear into defensive coordinators’ | SB Nation
If you’re writing a movie about the Syracuse head coach, you’re gonna want to make it a thriller.

Prepare for video overload

Jake (WVUNite) told me he would quit writing for the Musket if I didn’t make the Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer the daily distraction today. Well, the joke’s on him because I’d already planned on doing it. You got owned, Jake. OWNED.

This one looks so good, and I’m a big fan of anything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Seriously though, it’s about damn time we get a good Spider-Man movie. I mean, the first Spiderman with Tobey Maguire was alright because it gave me my childhood hero as Bone Saw.

As a matter of fact, let’s take a minute to pay our respects to the greatest pro wrestler of all-time by watching the best promo of all-time.

Today’s Miss Throwdown is Playboy’s Miss March. The actual Miss March, not the one from that terrible movie from a few years ago. Follow Elizabeth Elam on Instagram, and buy the March issue of Playboy if you want more.